Ferry to St. John: For travel to St. John, you will have to fly into St. Thomas and then take a taxi to downtown Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook for the short boat ride to Cruz Bay. Don't worry about schedules - just let your taxi driver know that you are going to St. John and the driver will bring you to the next available boat.
Customs & Immigration: When you arrive on a flight that originates in the U.S., there are no arrival formalities - just claim your luggage and head for your hotel or resort! When you leave the U.S. Virgin Islands for a U.S. airport, you'll go through customs and immigration here in the U.S. Virgin Islands, making your arrival to your home airport much easier. You'll need your passport or an original birth certificate plus two forms of photo identification (check with your airline for valid forms of identification).
For international airline arrivals, you will have to show appropriate documents and obtain all necessary visas prior to boarding your flight for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Check with your arrival airline for current visa requirements or contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website at www.uscis.gov.
If you are arriving by ferry from the British Virgin Islands, you'll clear customs and immigration in Cruz Bay, St. John for boats to Red Hook, or at the dock in downtown Charlotte Amalie for boats traveling directly to St. Thomas.
Getting Around: Once you arrive in the US Virgin Islands, you'll have no problem getting around each island or visiting all the Virgin Islands.
Taxis: If you decide to “leave the driving to others,” taxis are available on all three islands with fixed taxi fares between major points on each island. Check with your hotel or taxi stand for posted fares.
Ferries:It’s easy and fun to explore the U.S. Virgin Islands by frequent ferry boat service. On St. John, the ferry dock is in Cruz Bay. Boats also leave from Downtown Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook on St Thomas. Check with your hotel or taxi driver for the best place to catch the next ferry.
Frequent ferry service is also available from St. Thomas and St. John to the British Virgin Islands. Boats go to West End and/or Roadtown, Tortola every day and to Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda on weekends. Make sure to check the return schedule since the last BVI ferry back to the USVI is usually in the afternoon from West End, Tortola.
Car Rental: For those who choose to rent a car in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a current U.S. Driver's License is valid for 90 days in the territory. If you have a license from another country, you will need a 30-day driving permit which can be obtained at your car rental company upon arrival. Remember that we drive on the left side of the road in the territory, so proceed with caution and only drive if you feel comfortable. We also require seatbelts, so make sure you “buckle up” before exploring our beautiful islands.
Remember that we drive on the left side of the road here in the US Virgin Islands! We also require seat-belts, so make sure you 'buckle-up' before exploring our beautiful islands.
Tommy the Starfish Routes:
On St. Thomas - the Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association has posted Tommy the Star Fish signs to help guide you around the island. Just follow the signs to get to the most popular areas for visitors to St. Thomas:
Orange Route: Airport, Downtown Charlotte Amalie, Havensight Cruise Terminal, Morningstar Beach, Bolongo Beach and Red Hook Ferries.
Red Route: Four Corners to Smith Bay including the incredible view from Drake's Seat.
Yellow Route: Crown Bay Dock and Marina to Mafolie.
Green Route: Downtown Charlotte Amalie to Magens Bay Beach.
Blue Route: Red Rook Ferries to Downtown Charlotte Amalie past North Shore Resorts and major Shopping Malls. Click anywhere on the map for a larger version of Tommy's routes.